Petro’s Environmental Record Is Full of Contradictions

By Olga L. González

As this October’s COP 16 summit approaches, is Colombia ready to set real commitments to protect biodiversity?

PARIS — One of the largest summits ever held in Colombia will take place in October: the United Nations COP 16 Biodiversity Conference. While the nation’s outstanding biodiversity will be in the spotlight as global authorities discuss problems and their solutions at this gathering, so will President Gustavo Petro’s conflicting environmental actions. Promising to phase out fossil fuel production, his administration has nevertheless underfunded agencies instrumental to protecting nature. There is no doubt that the government has a genuine interest in the environment, but there is...

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